White House Threatens to Veto Dems Funding Bills Ahead of Shutdown Vote

White House Threatens to Veto Dems Funding Bills Ahead of Shutdown Vote

White House Threatens to Veto Dems Funding Bills Ahead of Shutdown Vote

The bill, which would provide money through the end of the fiscal year September 30, was approved, 241-190.

Nancy Pelosi, who was re-elected to Speaker of the House Thursday, said she isn't ruling out impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, depending on findings by the special counsel investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

He dismissed suggestions that the impeachment talk distracts from the fight over the partial government shutdown, where Democrats are clashing with Trump over funding for a southern border wall.

Late yesterday, the House passed two Democratic bills to immediately reopen government agencies for varying lengths of time, despite a White House veto threat.

Five Republicans joined all Democrats to pass the DHS bill, which does not include money for President Trump's border wall, 239-192, and two more Republicans joined in to fund the departments of Agriculture, State, Justice, Interior, and others closed for 13 days and counting.

Trump is set to meet with congressional leadership again at the White House on January 4.

"We won't be opening until it's solved", Trump said.

"Let's open the government, and let's get to work because we have a plan that makes sense", Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee said at a news conference before the votes. We're not doing a wall.

Florida Democratic members of Congress united in electing Nancy Pelosi speaker of the U.S. House.

Speaking in a dimly-lit room, Tlaib told a cheering crowd: 'We're going to impeach that motherf***er'.

A variety of strategies are being floated inside and outside the White House, among them trading wall funding for a deal on immigrants brought to the country as young people and now here illegally, or using a national emergency declaration to build the wall. Reserving the option to introduce more articles later, Sherman told CNN he wanted to be able to "force the conversation on impeachment" when (if?) the Mueller report is released, "challenging" his Democratic colleagues who haven't yet chosen to support Trump's impeachment.

Comments from the most politically vulnerable members of McConnell's caucus suggested discomfort with the majority leader's approach, and a desire for a quick resolution to the shutdown. On Thursday, she was re-elected to the office, as Democrats took control of the House.

They're set to approve a rules package on Thursday that sets a new tone for governing. He said without walls, there is no border security, and insisted he is representing the will of the American people on this issue. All Democrats and eight Republicans approved the measure, which provides funding through February 8. "Why doesn't the Pelosi bill do that?" said White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

"Why not fully fund the Department of Homeland Security?"

McConnell responded that Schumer's idea was a "total nonstarter" and a waste of time.

Trump has said he won't sign a spending bill that doesn't include wall funding.

"I want everyone to take the time to understand what is going on, we are all affected by the shutdown, we all have skin in the game", Del Cueto said. "We could call a national emergency and build it very quickly", Trump said, but added that "if we can do it through a negotiated process, that's better".

Making his case ahead of the private afternoon session, Trump said the current border is "like a sieve" and noted the tear gas "flying" overnight to deter arrivals.

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